Hyderabad: Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of AIMIM (All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen), has demanded an immediate ban on the Mahapanchayat planned by right-wing groups in Uttarakhand on June 15.
In a tweet on Monday, the Hyderabad MP expressed concerns and urged authorities to provide security to the local residents. He also emphasized the need to facilitate the return of those who had migrated from the area.
Owaisi reminded the BJP government of its responsibility to apprehend the culprits and restore peace to the region.
The Mahapanchayat, scheduled to take place in Purola, Uttarkashi, has raised tensions amidst ongoing communal unrest. Posters threatening Muslim traders to close their shops and leave the state by June 15 have been spotted in the Purola market. In response to these threats, some Muslim shop owners have closed their businesses, and a few families have even migrated from the district.
The situation escalated on May 26 when an incident occurred involving the alleged abduction attempt of a 14-year-old girl by a Muslim and a Hindu man. Although the authorities arrested the accused, certain right-wing groups actively organized protests and specifically targeted the shops and houses of several Muslims, claiming it to be a case of ‘Love Jihad.’
On May 29, a protest march in Purola turned violent when some agitators attacked Muslim-owned shops and establishments. A similar protest, organized by the Yamuna Ghati Hindu Jagriti Sangathan, took place on June 3, with hundreds of people participating.
In conclusion, Asaduddin Owaisi has demanded a ban on the upcoming Mahapanchayat in Uttarakhand, citing communal tensions in the area. He called for security measures to protect the local population and urged the government to take action against the culprits while restoring peace to the region.